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U.S. hiker dies after falling from popular B.C. hiking trail near Whistler

‘The Black Tusk Chimney and scree portion can be extremely dangerous’

Mounties in British Columbia say a 28-year-old American woman has died after falling from a popular hiking trail near Whistler.

Sea to Sky RCMP have identified the woman as Nicole Killian from Richmond, Vermont, who was a member of a rescue team in her hometown.

Sea to Sky officers as well as RCMP Air Services, BC Ambulance paramedics and Whistler Search and Rescue responded to a report that a woman had fallen off the Black Tusk chimney portion of Garibaldi Provincial Park on Monday and was seriously injured.

Police say she died of her injuries a short time after they arrived to provide medical aid.

They say the RCMP, the BC Coroners Service and BC Parks are now working on a joint investigation to determine events leading up the incident.

They are asking anyone with information to come forward.

“Garibaldi Provincial Park and the Black Tusk is a highly popular area in the Sea to Sky and although readily travelled this remains a technical and advanced level hike,” RCMP Sgt. Sascha Banks said in a news release Tuesday.

“The Black Tusk Chimney and scree portion can be extremely dangerous to even the most skilled adventurer, be sure to trip-plan and assess your abilities prior to attempting this area.”

Police say Killian was a member of the Richmond Rescue team in Vermont. Her family has been notified, they said.

Killian is remembered as a “rescuer of dogs and people alike” who “loved her friends and family deeply,” says a statement from her family, provided by police.

“She had just earned her doctorate as a Nurse Practitioner from NYU after working tirelessly in the ER and Rescue,” the statement said. “She was impeccably herself and is irreplaceable.”

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